Against All Odds: HIV/AIDS Epidemic Among Indigenous Papuans.
Danita (21) has been positive for one year but she is not undergoing Antiretroviral Therapy (ART). Her child died due a sudden illness.
In Papua there is a higher recorded number of housewives infected with HIV than sex workers. In most cases, housewives contracted HIV from their husbands. Pregnant wives who are unaware that they are infected with HIV often pass the virus onto their infants. Fortunately, HIV testing on pregnant women is a mandatory practice conducted during pre-natal care. Nevertheless, the transmission of HIV from mother to child still occurs, especially since many women still have limited access to health services and pre-natal care.